Tuesday 14th November 2017
A series of stories, journeys, art works, installations and events taking place in and around Portobello, Brunstane and Joppa, Edinburgh’s Seaside. Chris Dooks, Deirdre Macleod, Andrew Pringle, Felicity Bristow+Mark Timmins
Stations of The Lost is a story-cycle of six semi-fictional narratives written by Chris Dooks. The pieces take place across a constellation of locations in Portobello and environs. Designed to be read or heard in the locations, the works take the form of printed texts alongside a downloadable cluster of narrated stories, read by screenwriter and actor Colin McClaren. Written during four weeks of artist-led research, which culminated in dementia awareness week, these stories have a loose theme of confusion and insecurity and are (lighthearted) accounts of being lost, unsure or passing through changes.
This lesson begins by having students explore how maps can help them imagine, record, and remember journeys. They discuss how journeys may take place in the physical world or in the imagination. Then students analyze John Cage’s A Dip in the Lake: Ten Quicksteps, Sixty-two Waltzes, and Fifty-six Marches for Chicago and Vicinity, an artwork for which Cage used a map of Chicago to create an unusual score for a piece of music. Students read informational texts about the artwork, listen to an interpretation of the score, and discuss how exploring an artwork is another way to take a journey. As a culminating activity, students create maps for their own imaginative journeys.
Maps are invitations to travel. As well as constituting a record of a place, maps are designed as aids or guides for those undertaking journeys. We all use maps in our daily lives, for driving, travelling on public transport, taking a walk or going on holiday. We use maps to plan a route, or tell us something about the place we are heading for; reading a map we can identify landmarks, and establish the distance between one place and another.
Travel and Representation
edited by Garth Lean, Russell Staiff, Emma Waterton